In a move to curb environmental pollution, the Telangana state government has banned short-life Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and chlorinated plastics, along with burning of plastic material in open spaces.
Chlorinated plastics are mainly used in banners and large posters.
This ban comes after guidelines issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in December 2016.
The government also notified a fine for violating this rule. As per orders that were issued, every bulk burning of plastic will attract a fine of Rs 25,000, while minor fires, will attract a fine of Rs 5,000, Telangana Today reported.
Telangana Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Dr Rajat Kumar issued the notification.
‚ÄúThe local bodies also have been asked to establish waste to energy processes, including Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), for combustible fraction of waste or supply as feed stock to solid waste-based power plants to thermal power plants and cement plants,‚ÄĚ the newspaper quoted the notification as saying.
Last year, the NGT said that the usage of PVC and chlorinated plastic bags would cause dangerous diseases such as Cancer, and also adversely affect the environment.
In August last year, the GHMC brought in the Public Waste Management Rules, 2016 as per which the selling, storage and use of plastic bags below 50 microns was banned.
The local media reported that the Chief Secretary also warned violators who were dumping industrial waste, and dictated that it would attract cases as per the Environmental Protection Act, 1986.
The state Pollution Control Board (PCB) will accept suggestions, objections and feedback for the next 60 days, at its Sanathnagar office, DC reported.
Those interested, can visit Paryavaran Bhavan, A-3, Industrial Estate, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad-500018.